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  • Creating custom sidebar widgets

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    This blog post, as many others, is inspired by a client support request. I've decided to put post it, so others can use the code to create their own sidebar widgets for their custom modules. In this post I am going to sample how you can extend a built in ...
  • Custom URL Formats for Sitefinity Content Modules

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    All content items in Sitefinity have URLs that are generated automatically from a given format. The default format includes the publication date and item title with the URL, and removes special characters at the same time. The URL format is configurable and this article explains how you can modify it....
  • Formatting Sitefinity 4.x content summary

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    Back in Sitefinity 3.x control designers for content view controls allowed you to set Summary Settings for your list view, which allowed you to cut of the first N words from the content item's content or other meta field. This is described on Sitefinity Watch here: Formatting your Sitefinity Blog ...
  • Selecting Sitefinity 4 Content Inside Widget Designers

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    We’ve explored the different properties you can edit using Widget Designers, from editing basic widget properties to using AJAX Rad Controls. Today, we’ll see how it’s possible to add selectors for Sitefinity content in your widgets. Sitefinity Fields Although Sitefinity 4 currently does not include the web editors from ...
  • The power of post-purchase processing hooks in Ecommerce!

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    We introduced a very powerful feature in Sitefinity 4.2 SP 1 that allows you to implement customized code through a post-purchase processing hook in the Ecommerce module.   A software developer can create  custom code and register the code to be called after two specific events.  The first event that can ...
  • Sitefinity – This is what you missed in September 2011

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    September was a very busy month.  Even being on the inside the news and information has flown faster than I can digest.  If I’m overwhelmed, then I’m guessing everyone else is too.  Below I’ve summarized the highlights from this past month. Major Highlights Sitefinity 4.2 SP1 was released – This ...
  • How to add browse and edit functionality to custom controls and modules

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    If you want to allow your editors to edit some already published content without having them go to Sitefinity backend and edit widget or content item you can use Sitefinity built in Browse and Edit functionality.    Here I will describe how to implement it in your custom widgets or ...
  • 404 and custom Parameters

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    In Sitefinity 4 we support parameters in the URL , not only in the query string. The only problem for now is that we have to be able to tell the difference between a valid URL and an invalid one. But when the URL does contain parameters, it gets a ...
  • Sitefinity 4.2 SP1 is now available

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    Earlier today, the Sitefinity team announced the availability of Sitefinity 4.2 SP1.  Here is a snapshot from Twitter announcing the latest release. What’s New Although this is a Service Pack (and thus primarily focused on polish and fixes), a handful of nice new features were introduced. Import an existing ...
  • How to Publish Content Items in the Past

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    As usual, we’ve packed a lot of fixes and improvements in the just released 4.2 SP1 of Sitefinity. If you still haven’t checked it out, go download it from your account. With this blog post, I want to highlight a feature we’ve implemented that was requested a lot. From ...
  • Avoiding uneditable content in your Sitefinity Templates

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    Recently I was creating a custom widget template for the Sitefinity Blog Widget.  As part of my design, I needed to add some text to this template.  Because I was already modifying the template I simply typed this content directly into my template. Thou shalt not manage content outside the ...
  • My 3 favorite customizations to Sitefinity’s Rich Text Editor

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    A few months ago Grisha (aka Greg) blogged about customizing Sitefinity’s Rich Text WYSIWYG editor (RadEditor).  Telerik sells RadEditor as a stand-alone product and it has a ton of features that can be fully utilized in Sitefinity. I’m notoriously picky about my content editing environment (just ask the Sitefinity ...
  • Edit content in full-screen with Sitefinity CMS

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    I’m hatching a personal project in my spare time that is built (of course) on Sitefinity.  As part of this project, I’ve been spending a lot of time writing in Sitefinity’s Rich Text editor.  A feature I’ve started to utilize regularly is full-screen mode. Handy Tip:  You can also ...
  • Bringing Responsive Web Design to Sitefinity CMS

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    Recently, the Boston Globe has received a lot of praise for their redesigned web site.  With this redesign they used a technique known as responsive web design.  This technique builds a single template/layout that dynamically adapts to any resolution or device.  If you haven’t already, I encourage you to give ...
  • Creating Advanced Sitefinity 4 Widget Control Designers

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    In the article Anatomy of a Sitefinity 4 Widget we looked at the basic building blocks for building a Sitefinity Widget and its associated Control Designer. Today we’ll take a look at a new example, making use of different HTML elements such as checkboxes, drop-down menus, and radio buttons. Also, ...
  • Windows Azure: What You Need to Know About the July/September Upgrades and Sitefinity

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    As many of you may already know, the SQL Azure July 2011 Service Release increased the database engine version of SQL Azure from 10 to 11 which caused many applications to stop working as soon as this update was applied to the data center they were running in. Sitefinity was ...
  • Sitefinity’s roadmap for the remainder of 2011

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    Last week, the Sitefinity team published the roadmap for the remainder of 2011.  This roadmap includes 2 major releases and 1 service pack.  The major enhancements found in these releases are divided into Sitefinity features and Ecommerce features. Below I’ve posted a summary of what’s still to come for Sitefinity ...
  • Extend the Image Selector for Content Items with Filtering by Album

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    A while ago I wrote a blog post, showing you how you can implement your own widget to associate any content item with an image. A lot of people had interest in such a task, at least judging by the comments all of you left. With this next installment, ...
  • How to style the Sitefinity Navigation Widget

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    Sitefinity’s built-in navigation widget is used to quickly create page links.  These links are based on your web site’s sitemap and automatically updated when pages are added or removed.  However, by default this navigation might not be styled to match your web site.  This post will explore how to style ...
  • Adding a new Content Type to Search

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    With the release of 4.2 there are a lot of changes related to the Publishing System and the Search. They were focused mainly on the extensibility. Actually the search relies on the publishing system to process the data. There are inbound pipes which are responsible for pushing the data into ...